From cork substitutes to mechanics
Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. is founded on 30 January 1920 in Hiroshima, specialising in cork substitutes. As natural cork begins to flood the market, Toyo Cork Kogyo Co. Ltd, led by President Jujiro Matsuda, shifts the production to mechanics.
The first vehicle and a big name
The name first appears in 1931 under the name Mazda-Go - a motorised three-wheel truck. The name originates from Ahura Mazda, the god of light, wisdom, intelligence and harmony. The name also derives from the company's founder, Matsuda, which is pronounced Mazda in Japanese.
New start with a bright future
Post-World War II marked a turning point for Toyo Kogyo. The surviving workshops are used as emergency hospitals. From that point onwards, Mazda pays homage to the spirit of the people of Hiroshima. Mazda starts producing a prototype of a small passenger car as early as the end of 1945.
Three of the best
In 1959, Mazda began production of the K360. This iconic three-wheeled truck was the replacement for the Mazda-Go and went on to sell 280,000 units until it was discontinued in 1969.
Bravely paving the way: The rotary engine
Mazda acquires a licence in 1961 for the further development and production of the "Wankel" engine. As early as 1963, Mazda, exhibits the world's first rotary engine at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Sports design goes to the next level
On May 30 1967, the Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S makes history as the world's first production car with a two-rotor rotary engine. It is the prelude to a unique success story, and led to almost two million Mazdas with rotary engines being sold.
The success story began in room 323
Managing Director Masayuki Kirihara spends the night in Room 323 of the Dusseldorf Hilton. The number becomes the name of the most popular models in the company's history and spans over 40 years of production.
Mazda in the top ten
Worldwide sales of Mazda drive onwards and upwards. Annual production of rotary-engine Mazda models alone increases to around 240,000 units by 1973 and enters the world's top ten largest automotive manufacturers.
The World's best-selling sports car with rotary engine
In November 1978 a Mazda RX-7 rolls off the production line as the one-millionth rotary-engine Mazda. Career highlights of the RX-7 also include eight consecutive American IMSA Championships and winning the 24-hour Spa-Francorchamps. On the road, Mazda RX-7 is considered the ultimate rotary-engine sports car.
Toyo Kogyo becomes Mazda
In 1984, Toyo Kogyo is finally renamed as Mazda Motor Corporation. The basic form of today's logo is introduced in 1991 and is updated and further developed over time. The Mazda "M" stretches its wings out more than ever for its glide into the future.
The world's best selling roadster
1989 saw the birth of the Mazda MX-5. A classic roadster with front-engine and rear-wheel drive, it consequently appeared in the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time in 2000. More than one million MX-5s have been produced.
Victory at the 24-hour Le Mans
In 1991, Mazda secures the most important record in the history of motorsport at the world's top endurance race for sports cars and wins first place at the 24-hour Le Mans. Mazda becomes the first Japanese manufacturer to triumph in the race, with the 787B sports car and it's 608Nm rotary engine.
Zoom-Zoom becomes the Mazda slogan and launch of a new generation
In 2002, Zoom-Zoom becomes the global Mazda brand slogan and the symbol of a new era. This coincides with the launch of a new generation of models including Mazda6, Mazda3, Mazda2, Mazda MX-5 and Mazda RX-8.
The evolution of rotary
With its futuristic profile and freestyle doors, Mazda RX-8 caused a stir when it was launched in 2003. Lauded for its exhilarating performance, Mazda RX-8 represented the final generation of Mazda rotary engines.
With Skyactiv into the future
The revolutionary Skyactiv Technology was launched in 2010. Mazda engineers developed an unconventional technology package compromising of lightweight construction, innovative transmissions and highly efficient petrol engines with the world's highest compression ratio. It all added up to exceptional efficiency that didn't compromise on safety or driving pleasure.
Kodo design in the new Mazda CX-5
In 2012, the Mazda CX-5 becomes the first production model in the new Mazda design language "Kodo: Soul of Motion". Kodo Design captures the instant energy becomes motion. It's a fusion of functionality and beauty. The sleek and aerodynamic lines of every Mazda is enhanced by this visionary design philosophy.
In 2016 Mazda celebrates an exceptional production anniversary; after just four years, more than three million vehicles with Skyactiv Technology and Kodo Design are delivered. A new generation of design was also revealed, RX-Vision, which gave the world a taste of what the future of Mazda will look like.
The 7th generation and a new era of electric begins
2020 and beyond sees the Australian launch of All-New Mazda CX-30 - the first of Mazda's 7th generation of SUVs and a testament to Mazda's pioneering spirit. Further to this Mazda MX-30 will go into production - our first ever EV - signalling the beginning of the next century of exceptional motoring.